Thursday, November 30, 2017


This weeks topic comes from Pravin. As is typical of his topics, it requires a bit of thought. How related are these three things? Are they really the same? Atr they synonymous with each other? Can you become so intoxicated with a fantasy that it becomes an obsession?

That is entirely possible and depending on the circumstance the obsession could be harmful. Many a mystery tale has been spun about unchecked obsession that leafs down a dark path. Some of those tales are actually true. Consider the followers of the recently deceased Charles Manson.

Not all obsessions need be harmful. Consider my obsession with the Zodiac Killer - and his string of unsolved murders dating back to the sixties of the last century. Now coupled with my love of the !music of that same era I could, I suppose, become completely obs essed with all things sixties. Alas, I am not. I remain well grounded in the present.

Everyone has fantasies. Some people live in a fantasy world filled with alternate facts and fake news. There is no harm in that, unless of course that person is the President of  the United States and in that world a free press is called the enemy of the people and so-called facts are demonstrably false , regardless what POTUS's spokesperson may sau regarding  the veracity of POYIS's comments not mattering - only his supposed intent matters.

On occasion, intoxication is a good thing. I have posted in the past about the night I met the woman who would become my wife. It is safe to say I found her intoxicating and became obsessed with making the fantasy world I created for us a reality. As we were in together for 45 years I think it is safe to say I succeeded.

Recently a decision was made to disband the LBC. As the song goes, they say that all good things must end some day and for us that will be the last Friday in December.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Drones vs Right to Privacy

So here we are, relaxing in the back yard with a friend and we both hest a whirring sound above us and we look up to see a drone with a cameta hoverimg above us. My friend, a very conservative, alt- right kind of fellow, quietly unholsters his Glock and  calmly blows the drone out of the sky.

There is a shreik followed by the sobs of the neighbor:s 10-year old son. My friend with the Block. simply shtugs and says the kid needs to he taught not to invade the privacy of others without being invited.

The next sound is my irate neighbor shouting and swearing about the dirty SOB that shot his kids toy out of the sky

Imagine if that drone was owned and operated by law enforcement or some other governmemt agency

Many folks alrady resent the use of CCTV and see that as an invasion of their privacy. Drones are the next logical sy in the use of CCTV - the dreaded eye in the sly. History tells us governments often abuse
some legiti!ate tools in their pursuit of criminals. The potential for abuse. Is enormous and serious restrictions need to be in place. We seem to be inching toward a note totalitarian government makes me nervous.

I apologize for the brevity of this LBC entry but of was made using a very small tablet

Thursday, November 9, 2017

You Need to Believe

Any baseball fan worth his/her salt is familiar wth Tug McGraw's Ya gotta believecrusade  during a the 1980 World Seried between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Kansas City Royals. The rallying cry actually originated when McGraw was a member of the New York Mets a few yeas earlier. 

The sentiment it evoked helped inspire the Phillies to their first world championship. It was an exciting series